the first European festival on creativity

2023 Programme

Event #19

Sunday 3 September, 09.30 am

meeting in Giuncano (a hamlet near Castelnovo)6 - euro 4,50
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Alberto Rollo

The Humble Beauty of Ditches and Majesties

From Giucano onto well-trodden paths that cut through streams and ditches (Fosso del Campaccio, Fosso della Michelina, Fosso della Rocchetta and the Calcandola stream) up to the soft crest of the “Prade” area, a balcony overlooking the sea and the high Lunigiana cordillera. In collaboration with the CAI of Sarzana, a tour of about three hours to talk about the liberating fatigue of walking and imagination, the rustle of literature and the wonder of popular art that has left here small Madonnas (the so-called Majesties) engraved in marble or painted inside the shells of chapels. Information and tour regulations on the festival website




Alberto Rollo, born in Milan, is a writer, critic, translator and significant figure in Italian publishing. A cultural worker and music lover, he translated, among others, Jonathan Coe, Steven Millhauser, Truman Capote and Henry James. He has published Un'educazione milanese (Manni, 2016, short-listed for the 2017 Premio Strega), L'ultimo turno di guardia (Manni, 2020, winner of L’Aquila International Literary Award and short-listed for Napoli Award), Il miglior tempo (Einaudi, 2021) and Il grande cielo (Ponte alle Grazie, 2023).

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